A BID to build 18 homes near Wroughton that was rejected by Swindon Borough Council will be reviewed by a government planning inspector.

The housebuilder Stonewater is aiming to build the affordable homes on Langton Park site, south of the village.

However, it was rejected by a unanimous vote by the borough council’s planning committee in January.

Councillors expressed concern that some of the one-bedroom apartments, in a semi-residential area and without major transport links, might have isolated the new residents.

They were also surprised by the developer’s lack of willingness to change to the plans when it came in for review.

Coun Toby Elliott refused the application on the grounds it was overdevelopment of the site, that the design of houses was of poor quality, the lack of infrastructure and the impact on the area of outstanding natural beauty.

A spokesperson for Stonewater said car ownership was high in the area, so residents were less likely to be isolated.

Further comments can be on the application on the Swindon Borough Council website before 23rd April 2019 by quoting the Inspectorate’s appeal reference: APP/U3935/W/19/3223494